The Australasian Horror Writers Association (‘AHWA’) are pleased to announce the winners of the recently concluded Flash and Short Story competition. Cameron Trost in his final act as Competitions Co-ordinator, after earlier announcing his intentions to stand down from the role following this years competition, has announced:
Short Story Winner:
Fish by Chrisi Reardon
With the category judges stating that Fish was:
“Imaginative and original with strong, distinctive voice that grabbed attention from the first lines, Fish was a clear winner among all three judges. The judges felt Fish exemplified the work of a confident, experienced writer, and the story’s excellent rhythm and pacing is complemented by a lyricism that draws the reader in. Mysterious and atmospheric, the sustained tension in this story keeps the reader fully invested until its bizarre and sinister conclusion.”
Short Story Runner-Up:
Byzantium by Joshua Kemp
With judges stating:
“This year’s runner-up is a well crafted, literary work of weird fiction, strong on atmosphere. Its haunting nature, which touches on grief and loss, lingers with the reader long after finishing the story.”
For the Flash Fiction competition the Winner was announced as Elizabeth by Xanthe Knox.
“A strongly written entry with a pitch perfect ending that encapsulates the multiple griefs of old age. Excellent pacing, sharp prose and a well-balanced structure imbues this flash fiction with a depth that is hard to attain under the 1000 words.” Judges in this category stated about the winner.
The Flash Fiction runner up was named as Rambling Man by Andrew Cull.
“This was a well constructed story, initially teasing the reader with a compelling mystery, and slowly building a very disturbing sense of dread. While the judges expected a twist, the author exceeded expectations with a clever and haunting ending. “
Both the winner and runner up will be receiving a Certificate of Achievement in the 2017 competition. While this year the major prize has changed slightly from the long running plaque with the winners receiving a hand crafted trophy by Danny Wale at GoreFx.
“We here at GoreFX are extremely excited that the AHWA is breaking from the norm, and have entrusted us with the job of creating a unique stand out piece for the winners of their Flash and Short Story competition,” Danny Wale stated.
“We have been working hard to create something eye catching that the winners can sit back, look at and be proud to show off to everyone who walks in their door.”
“It is fantastic to see the quality of writing that has come in, and we are going to slightly re-jig the format and be back for an exciting competition in 2018.” AHWA President Brendon Meynell stated following the announcement of the award winners.